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AACTA Short Form/Online Awards Voting is Open

AACTA Introduces new award categories this year to celebrate the best in online and short form content

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has opened voting across its short form/online categories. These categories celebrate Australia’s digital, short form content and creators, from the new guard of TikTok and Instagram sensations such as Sooshi Mango, Tanya Hennessy and Jeff van de Zandt through to cutting edge web-series, YouTube channels, and world beating short films. The diversity of styles and in the creators themselves speaks to the exciting and inclusive nature of short form content.

Last year’s short form/online awards saw a diverse cross-section of nominees that included Halal Gurls, KGB, Bounce Patrol, and Girl, Interpreted, with Gristmill Productions hilarious web-series Love in Lockdown, Joel Kohn’s powerful short film The Mirror and Australia’s favourite YouTubing family The Norris Nuts ultimately walking away with their respective awards. 

This year, AACTA aim to further recognise this unique space by tweaking our short form categories and introducing awards for both Best Short Form Comedy and Best Short Form Drama. These awards will celebrate content across all traditional and emerging platforms and recognise some of the most innovative and creative voices currently working in the industry.

Viewing and voting is open to all AACTA Members, who are invited to enjoy the diverse range of content in contention for the 2021 awards and cast their votes to determine their favourites. In line with the need to hear from younger audiences about the content they are enjoying, AACTA recently introduced a youth membership for people under 25. For $35, young members can view and vote on all short form content to determine Australia’s best online/short form content creators. They will also get access to AACTA TV (our exclusive member streaming service), AACTA’s year-round programming, with industry events showcasing some of Australia’s incredible talent, screen community networking opportunities, and discounted entry to AACTA’s development initiatives, aimed at discovering and supporting emerging screen talent.

Guidebooks are now available for each award:

-        Best Short Form/Online Drama

-        Best Short Form/Online Comedy presented by Facebook

-        Best Short Form/Online Entertainment 


AACTA endeavours to provide ongoing support, promotion and creative and advancement opportunities to short form content makers. We have recently launched a monthly development initiative, AACTA LMAO supported by Meta, aimed at discovering and showcasing emerging Australian talent working in the exciting and fast moving digital space.

“Short Form digital content, with its low technological and resource barriers, is the ultimate space for people to quickly develop their story telling and comedy skills and to find highly engaged audiences far exceeding traditional media. The diversity of styles, and of the creators themselves, speaks to the unmatched inclusivity of the medium and it means everyone, no matter their background, can find something that speaks directly to them and their own lived experience. 

Voting is open now, and in the spirit of this movement, open to all. With our new Youth tier of membership we encourage younger audiences to get involved, and let us know what they love and where they see screen entertainment heading.” Says AACTA Awards and Industry Development Manager, Ivan Vukusic.


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